Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim (on monitor), joined by video-link from Washington D.C., brief the press on their upcoming visit to the Sahel region. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Top of the Morning: Ban Kim Moon and Jim Kim Travel to Sahel

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John Kerry in Cairo, Says Egypt’s on the Right Path

Still no word on reinstating military aid. “In the highest-level American visit since the Egyptian military removed President Mohamed Morsi from power, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that Egypt appeared to be on a path toward democracy and emphasized that the Obama administration wanted to improve relations. Delivering a generally reassuring message, Mr. Kerry noted that Egypt had faced ‘difficult challenges’ and indicated that additional steps needed to be taken to establish an inclusive, civilian-led government.” (NYT

World Bank President and UN Sec Gen Visit the Sahel

The two have a very solid relationship. “World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will make a joint visit to Africa’s Sahel region from November 4-7 to draw attention to the economic and security challenges facing the highly vulnerable region and to hear first-hand from Sahelian leaders how the international community can better coordinate to provide increased support. This is the second joint trip by Dr. Kim and Mr. Ban to Africa. They first traveled together to the Great Lakes region in May 2013 to support regional efforts to create lasting security and development in this vulnerable part of the continent.” (World Bank